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Only a selection of events follows below - a combination of new listings, some many months ahead to note in your diary, and reminders for other previously listed events in the more immediate future.
The full open-ended southern Devon Folk Diary listings appear on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.
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NEW Friday 15 May 2015 8pm - Ralph McTell - Tavistock Wharf (map)
Seated. Ralph McTell celebrates 50 years as a professional musician and this quintessential singer-songwriter-guitarist, is back on tour. Ralph's shows feature beautifully crafted narrative songs, combined with dextrous fingerstyle guitar playing and evocative storytelling, and will of course include the Ivor Novello award winning 'Streets of London’. Box office 01822 611166. www.tavistockwharf.com/whats_on/live_music?event=2405_ralph_mctell.

NEW 15-17 May 2015 - Dart Music Festival - Dartmouth
A huge, free, multi-genre festival in a beautiful setting. Performance details are available only by purchasing a programme (£4 to download, £6 inc. p&p), see www.dartmusicfestival.co.uk. Performers (folk) include Belshazzar's Feast; Flats and Sharps; Harbottle and Jonas; Jenna Witts; Nicky Swann; Appaloosas; Urban Folk Quartet; The Wurzels, The Nauti Buoys (and possibly others whose names I don't recognise).

 

23/4/15

Harberton Folk Circular - Thursday 23 April 2015
Only a selection of events follows below - a combination of new listings, some many months ahead to note in your diary, and reminders for other previously listed events in the more immediate future. The full open-ended southern Devon Folk Diary listings appear on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.
All information is given in good faith but no responsibility can be accepted for its accuracy. Do check with the organiser before setting out on a long journey. A listing below does not guarantee that tickets are still available.
Happy St. George's Day!
I've finally managed to get down to an interval of only a week since the last circular for once.
While these circulars will always predominantly contain details of 'folk' events (a broad church anyway - no, nothing to do with Broadchurch!), and I'm always very aware that's why everyone has signed up in the first place, they will also from time to time include other usually acoustic musics, often because a keen supporter of live music has asked me to do so, and I'm happy to support their efforts. There will always be a degree of crossover interest in any case.

Wednesday 29 April 2015 8pm - Cale Tyson - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
If George Jones style country is your thing then you won't want to miss out on Cale Tyson.Included in Rolling Stone's 2014's"10 Country artists you need to know" Cale hails originally from Fort Worth Texas the home of Townes Van Zandt and the place where he first heard the classic country sounds which have inspired and enriched his gentle,melancholy and undenaibly whiskey-soaked sound. Cale will be accompanied on stage by Pete Lindberg. Check him out at www.youtube.com/watch?v=RYb4Tr2V_6I. Tickets: £10 adv from www.barbicantheatre.co.uk/b-bar-booking, £12 door.

Friday 1 May 2015 - The James Brothers - James Fagan & Jamie McClennan - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Sydney-born James Fagan – best known as one half of Nancy Kerr & James Fagan, but also spotted playing guitar and bouzouki in The Cara Dillon Band and Bellowhead. Jamie McClennan from New Zealand found himself in a duo with Scotland’s BBC-award-winning Emily Smith. Jamie has been sighted on fiddle, whistle and guitar next to the likes of The Waifs, Beth Nielson Chapman, Brian Finnegan and John McCusker. For Fagan and McClennan this is about bringing their distinct Antipodean-steeped folk to a new audience, with songs and tunes brought to life by a fraternal bond between two very silly, but captivatingly gifted musicians.
www.thejamesbrothers.co.uk. Details www.calstockarts.org.

Friday 1 May 2015 8pm - Mad Dog Mcrea - Tavistock Wharf (map)
Seated+standing. Mad Dog Mcrea blend a unique mixture of folk rock, pop, gypsy jazz, bluegrass and 'shake your ass' music. From self-penned songs of adventure, drinking, love and life, to traditional songs of gypsies, fairies, legless pirates and black flies - Mad Dog never fail to capture their audience with their infectious songs. Seats bookable for £2 more. Box office 01822 611166. www.tavistockwharf.com/whats_on/live_music?event=2330_mad_dog_mcrea.

1/2 May 2015 - Bovey Tracey Ceilidh and May Fayre
Friday 1 May 7.30pm - Ceilidh - Dolphin Hotel, Bovey Tracey
£5 on the door.
Saturday 2 May 10.30am-4.40pm - May Fayre with Folk Dancing & Dance Workshops - Mill Marsh Park, Bovey Tracey

Saturday 2 May 2015 8pm - The Kennedys - Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ (map)
Yet another top flight act in sleepy Topsham ! The Kennedys are about as drenched in Americana as you can get without slamming down a bottle of Jack Daniels. Pete Kennedy rules as one of the scene's finest guitarists and has played with all the greats, and singer/guitarist Maura Kennedy - along with Pete -

NEW Wednesday 13 May 2015 8pm - Open Mic - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Calling all musicians to come and join in. Plugged or unplugged. Hosted by Terry Stacey. All welcome to have a drink and listen or to play and sing. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk. Tel: 01404 384050. and coming soon at The Beehive:
Friday 29 May - Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin

NEW Friday 15 May 2015 - Contra Dance - Kenn Centre, Exeter EX6 7UE
Caller: Jeremy Child. The second in a new series of Contra Dances. Beginners' tuition at 7.30pm, main dance 8pm to 11pm. Cost only £3 per person. The Kenn Centre (www.kenncentre.co.uk) has a modern large hall with ample parking. It's just a few miles outside Exeter and is easily accessible from the M5/A30/A38/A380. Using recorded music from your favourite English bands as well as some of the top American Contra Bands. Soft drinks, tea and coffee available, but no bar. For further information or join Exeter Contra mailing list, email contraexeter@gmail.com.

Friday 15 May 2015 7.30pm - Bob Fox: An Evening with the Warhorse Songman - Brixham Theatre, TQ5 8TA (map)
After completing 18 months in the West End production of ‘WarHorse’, folk singer extraordinaire Bob Fox returned to his roots. Join him as he performs the songs from the multi award winning smash hit WarHorse, with additional material from his own personal repertoire, a number of stories and songs built up from his forty year career in the music industry, developing his skills in the performance of folk song in all its various forms. Hailing from County Durham in the North East of England, his music is deeply influenced by the working class culture and industrial folk song from that area. Full details www.wegottickets.com/event/306941.

UPDATED Only 15 of 200 seats left (at 23/4, 9.30am)
Wednesday 20 May 2015 8pm - Fairport Convention - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ
(map)
Fairport Convention are an English folk rock and electric folk band. Formed in 1967, they are widely regarded as the most important group in the English folk rock movement. Bookings etc. www.ivybridgewatermark.co.uk/fairportconvention. Tel. 01752 892220.

UPDATED Thursday 21 May 2015 8pm - Slaid Cleaves - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Slaid Cleaves spins stories with a novelist’s eye and a poet’s heart. “Normally when I start writing a new batch, a theme starts to emerge after three or four songs,” says Cleaves. “This time around I thought, I’m just gonna write where the muse takes me and each song will be its own thing. So I ended up with a CD that has a bit more variety on it compared to my previous releases. Half the songs are about struggle and perseverance and half are all over the place, some tongue-in-cheek stuff, a gospel song, a Texas pride song.” Slaid Cleaves is one of the great contemporary American songwriters. Check him out
www.slaidcleaves.com. Tickets £12 adv, £14 door. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

NEW Wednesday 3 June 2015 - Boo Hewerdine - South Devon Arts Centre, The Stables, Ford Road, Totnes, TQ9 5LE (map)
Boo Hewerdine's work includes lead singer and creative force behind The Bible, formed in the 1980s, and reformed in 1994, as well as solo recordings and work for film. He has also produced records by several artists, including a long association with Eddi Reader. He has been described as "one of Britain's most consistently accomplished songwriters". Full details, ticketing, samples etc. www.southdevonarts.co.uk/#!boo-hewerdine/c1g0u. Tickets also available on 0844 888 0435 or direct from Totnes Tourist Information Centre (by Morrisons).

NEW 5-7 June 2015 - Pennymoor Song & Ale - London Inn, Morchard Bishop, Crediton EX17 6NW
Advance bookings only. Details www.users.waitrose.com/~pennymoor/page6.htm.

NEW Friday 5 June 2015 - Barb Jungr: Hard Rain Tour - South Devon Arts Centre, The Stables, Ford Road, Totnes, TQ9 5LE (map)
The songs of Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen. The UK's finest interpreter of song, Barb Jungr, brings her band to south Devon for a superlative set of Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen classics as featured on her latest album, the acclaimed ‘Hard Rain’. Full details, ticketing, samples etc. www.southdevonarts.co.uk/#!barb-jungr/c19mt. Tickets also available on 0844 888 0435 or direct from Totnes Tourist Information Centre (by Morrisons).

NEW Saturday 6 June 2015 8pm - Julie Felix - Hazelwood House nr Loddiswell TQ7 4EB (map)
The legendary Julie Felix is back once again to bring joy to Hazelwood and share her stories and enchanting guitar playing.
£15 / £13. Bookable pre-concert buffet available. See www.hazelwoodhouse.com for details. Tel. 01548 821232.

NEW 19-21 June 2015 - 17th Annual Teignmouth Folk Festival
A great line-up including The Young 'Uns, John Kirkpatrick, The New Scorpion Band, Nick Dow, Baldrick's Plan, Mrs Midnight's, Old Gaffers, City of Plymouth Pipe Band. See www.teignmouthfolk.co.uk for programme, ticketing etc.

NEW Saturday 20 June 2015 - Heart of Devon Festival - Bow nr Crediton
Multi-genre festival. See www.theheartofdevon.co.uk/festival for details.

Saturday 4 July 2015 - South Brent Folk Day - Evening concert with Hattie Briggs Trio, Steve Turner and The Claque
Singing, music, morris and clog dancing, afternoon Americana concert including Skylark and Appaloosas; Workshops (including Concertina / Song accompaniment, Hammer Dulcimer and Mountain Dulcimer; Appalachian Dance), throughout the day in the Old School Centre. Poetry competition around the theme of 'Tree life': entry £2.50 per poem - closing date Saturday 20 June.
Evening: Folk Concert at 7.30pm in the Village Hall with: Hattie Briggs Trio; Hattie is a Gloucestershire based singer-songwriter and BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award Nominee in 2014. Having had 3 singles in the iTunes singer-songwriter chart, she will be releasing her debut album ‘Red & Gold’ on 6th April. www.hattiebriggs.co.uk. Steve Turner is a multi-instrumentalist, with one of the best voices in the business who accompanies himself on the concertina and cittern and also plays mandolin and banjo. His 5th album 'The Whirligig of Time' was long listed for the BBC folk awards in 2008 and his latest 'Rim of the Wheel' was released in 2012 to rave reviews. www.steve-turner.co.uk. The Claque (Dave Lowry, Sean O'Shea, Tom Addison, Barry Lister) have four voices of depth and maturity blended to give warmth and harmony to the English tradition. Distilled from legendary groups of old, they formed as a group together in 2006 having known each other for the best part of forty years. They also combine to run the Exeter and Sidmouth folk clubs.Reel Ale Bar; Doors 7pm; tickets £10 adv by post (contact Eileen McKee on 01364 73699 or email southbrentfolk@gmail.com), £12 door. Further details to be announced . One of a number of events organised throughout the year by South Brent Folk to support folk music in the South Brent area. www.southbrentfolk.org.uk.

The final year of New Rope String Band - Don't miss out! - Selling strongly already
Saturday 18 July 2015 7.30pm - New Rope String Band -
Harberton Parish Hall, nr Totnes TQ9 7SE (map)
Probably their last ever gig in (South) Devon before retirement later this year! Musical comedy just doesn't get any better than this. Expect fish tanks, boiled eggs, fiddles, banjos, cardboard guitars, theremins, explosions, interactive films, drainpipes, mermaids, pink y-fronts, thrills, spills, tears and hilarity. For diehard audiences it's a chance to come along, laugh once more and say goodbye. For those who've never seen them, wake up, this is your last chance! Presented by Harberton Cricket Club, supported by Harberton Folk. Book early before it sells out. Tickets £12, U18/student £8. See www.harbertonfolk.co.uk for full ticketing details.

South Devon Arts Centre, The Stables, Ford Road, Totnes, TQ9 5LE (map)
Multi-genre not-for-profit arts venue. Full programme at www.southdevonarts.co.uk. Online booking, or tickets also available on 0844 888 0435 or direct from Totnes Tourist Information Centre (by Morrisons). Current programme includes:
Thursday 21 May 2015 - Bella Hardy
Wednesday 3 June 2015 - Boo Hewerdine
Friday 5 June 2015 - Barb Jungr: Hard Rain Tour
Friday 16 October 2015 - Charlie Dore & Julian Littman
Saturday 17 October 2015 - The Willows

Acoustic Warehouse Open Mic Music Club (Newsletter), Kingsteignton
at the Passage House Inn, Hackney Lane, Kingsteignton, Newton Abbot TQ12 3QH. We meet every Monday and always welcome artists/musicians to perform on any club night and we especially welcome visitors who come to listen to the performances.
We have added a few more artists to our Featured Artist Events. These artists have a ¾ hour set at the end of our Monday night Open Mic Club sessions, finishing as we always have to, at 10.30pm. Entrance just £1 which includes a raffle ticket.
4 May - Martin Sidebotham; 18 May - Owly Dave; 1 June - Fools Gold; 15 June - The Boys From Melbourne Street; 6 July - Jim Watts; 20 July - Graham Butterfield. Visit www.facebook.com/pages/Acoustic-warehouse-devon/108671222622739 for further info and videos.

More in brief - Selection only - Full Diary listings are on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk:
Tuesday 28 April -
Sam Lee & Friends - Exeter Phoenix
Thursday 30 April -
Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - Exeter Phoenix
1/2 May - Bovey Tracey Ceilidh and May Fayre
Saturday 2 May - The Kennedys - Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter
Sunday 3 May - Blackawton International Festival of Wormcharming
Monday 4 May - Sam Lee: A Talk on Collecting Songs - Embercombe, nr Higher Ashton on Haldon
Wednesday 6 May -
Bella Hardy - Exeter Phoenix
Saturday 16 May - India Electric Co (Cole Stacey & Joseph O'Keefe) - Bow Village Hall, nr Crediton
Saturday 16 May - Exeter Pride Ceilidh with Going Steady - Exeter Phoenix
Sunday 17 May - Lady Maisery - Topsham Folk Club, Matthews Hall, Topsham
Sunday 17 May - Worry Dolls - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell
Tuesday 19 May - Fairport Convention - Exeter Phoenix
Thursday 21 May - Bella Hardy - South Devon Arts Centre, The Stables, Ford Road, Totnes
Friday 22 May - Mike Silver - Ley Arms Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Ley Arms, Kenn nr Exeter
Friday 29 May - The Wurzels - Imperial Recreation Ground, Exmouth
Wednesday 10 June - Peter Knight’s Gigspanner - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock
Thursday 11 June - Peter Knight's Gigspanner - The Bancourt Hotel, Avenue Road Torquay
Friday 19 June - Cara Dillon with Sam Lakeman - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth
Saturday 27 June - Chris Wood - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock
Sunday 28 June -
Chris Wood - Exeter Phoenix
Sunday 28 June - Martyn Joseph - Matthews Hall, Topsham, Exeter

John Culf
johnculf@harbertondevon.co.uk
www.harbertondevon.co.uk
www.harbertonfolk.co.uk

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16/4/15

Harberton Folk Circular - Thursday 16 April 2015
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NEW Tuesday 28 April 2015 - Sam Lee & Friends - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Seated. Sam Lee, Mercury Prize nominated folk singer, promoter and animateur will release his debut album Ground Of Its Own in June 2012. Having abandoned his work as a trained visual artist, teacher of wilderness survival and moonlighting as a burlesque dancer and embarking on a journey into the old songs of The British Isles, Sam is fast becoming accepted as a new pioneer, defining the sound, sight and texture of contemporary folksong. He was given the 2011 Arts Foundation Award, which for the first time, honoured folk music amongst the art forms. Likewise his live band, Sam Lee and Friends, carve a new acoustic with their homemade and mongrelised instrumentation using unconventional and contemporary arrangements that challenging preconceptions of what ʻtraditional folkʼ should sound like. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/sam-lee-friends. Box Office: 01392 667080.

NEW Thursday 30 April 2015 - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Seated. Two of the British folk scenes most accomplished performers, Kathryn and Sean have graced stages the world over in a number of guises, however, the intimacy and strength of passion shown as a duo, combined with an eclectic repertoire ensures a rare treat for any listener. Support from Hattie Briggs. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/kathryn-roberts-sean-lakeman. Box Office: 01392 667080.

NEW 1/2 May 2015 - Bovey Tracey Ceilidh and May Fayre
Friday 1 May 7.30pm - Ceilidh - Dolphin Hotel, Bovey Tracey
£5 on the door.
Saturday 2 May 10.30am-4.40pm - May Fayre with Folk Dancing & Dance Workshops - Mill Marsh Park, Bovey Tracey

NEW Saturday 2 May 2015 8pm - The Kennedys - Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ (map)
Yet another top flight act in sleepy Topsham ! The Kennedys are about as drenched in Americana as you can get without slamming down a bottle of Jack Daniels. Pete Kennedy rules as one of the scene's finest guitarists and has played with all the greats, and singer/guitarist Maura Kennedy - along with Pete - has been a long term member of Nancy Griffith's stage band. Tickets £12 from The Bridge 01392 873862.

UPDATED Sunday 3 May 2015 - Blackawton International Festival of Wormcharming (5 miles from Dartmouth)
Live music all afternoon from 2pm in the George Inn, Blackawton garden. Beer festival and 5 bands including: Harbottle and Jonas - inspirational duo causing a great deal of interest; The Boys from Melbourne Street - including Phil Beer's former stage partner, the formidable Colin Wilson; The Nauti Buoys - the unbelievable (well, we can't believe them) shanty band. Full details from Steve Gale 01803 712449. www.wormcharming.co.uk

NEW Monday 4 May 2015 7pm - Sam Lee: A Talk on Collecting Songs - Embercombe, nr Higher Ashton on Haldon EX6 7QQ
Mercury Prize nominee Sam Lee has blazed a trail as an outstanding singer and song collector. Sam Lee is a 21st-century artist, collecting new versions of old songs on his iPhone and laptop, but his repertoire is steeped in the reek and smoke of folk history and lore, its tales of love, parting, exile and murder bound by a sympathetic magic still resonant today, parting the veil on vivid scenes from our islands’ deep history. Taking a short break from his UK tour, Sam joins us to tell tales of his music collecting and share some songs along the way. £10. Details, directions, bookings etc. http://embercombe.org/events-and-news/sam-lee.

NEW Wednesday 6 May 2015 - Bella Hardy - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Singer of the Year 2014 tours her eagerly anticipated new album With The Dawn; a heartfelt collection of self-composed songs which tell a story of travel, of choices, of lessons unlearned, and also of hope. One of the most creative, prolific and original singers in the UK, her captivating voice inhabits her music and spins her narratives with an equal balance of strength and sensitivity. The With The Dawn Band compliment Bella’s breath-taking vocals and narrative fiddle with a powerful and evocative mix of banjo, piano, electronics and drums. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/bella-hardy. Box Office: 01392 667080.

NEW Saturday 9 May 2015 8pm - Klezmer Ceilidh with Kevara - Matthews Hall, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0HF (map)
Come and dance to more Klezmer and European dances with live music and caller Pam Hayes. No bar, BYO refreshments. £7.50 / £6.50 entry.

NEW Saturday 9 May 2015 - Yellowfest - Torquay United's Plainmoor Ground
[Ed.: Not folk, but I've specifically been asked to give this a (one-off) mention:] Music festival with headliners 10cc and Tilbrook and Difford of Squeeze, and lots of local bands. Details www.torquayunited.com/news/article/a-music-festival-at-torquay-united-2216429.aspx.

NEW Sunday 10 May 2015 - Rory McLeod - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Voodoo Louonge.
One of the UK’s very best live roots musicians and songwriters, his sets combine virtuoso harmonica and spoon playing, poetic lyrics, rhythm generated by the use of the tap board and a percussive guitar style which at times echoes reggae and blues and other times folk and South American Music. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/rory-mcleod. Box Office: 01392 667080.

NEW Saturday 16 May 2015 - d'Accord Late Spring Fest Noz/Bal - Longdown Village Hall, Chapel Hill, Longdown, nr Exeter EX6 7SN
Dance workshops 2-5pm. Bring & share supper. Fest noz/bal 7.30pm. Bar from 8pm (no drinks to be brought in). For full programme, band, contact details etc. see www.daccordexeter.co.uk.
This event follows the regular club evening on Friday 15 May at Ide Memorial Hall. See website for details.

NEW Tuesday 19 May 2015 - Fairport Convention - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Seated.
A rare chance to see the seminal folk rock band in an intimate setting. Touring to a passionate fan-base since their inception in 1967, these legends of folk are due to release a new album this year, Myths and Heroes. ‘Fairport Convention have survived not only because they are all impressive musicians with a great back catalogue, but because they occasionally take chances, and still clearly enjoy themselves.’ The Guardian. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/fairport-convention. Box Office: 01392 667080.

NEW Wednesday 20 May 2015 8pm - Haunt The Woods - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Haunt the Woods are a folk band from the Shires of Devon and Cornwall who effortlessly blend classic folk-rock with a more modern and unique sound. Superb songwriting is elucidated by thoughtful harmonies and spot-on guitar licks. With special guest musicians in support.. Entry £2. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

NEW Tuesday 26 May 2015 - Jackie Oates - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
A name synonymous with the reinvigoration of English folk music, beguiling audiences with a delicate balance of tradition and reinvention. Her mellifluous voice and imaginatively plaintive fiddle style has won her several BBC Folk Awards during a 10-year recording career that began as a member of the nascent Unthanks and has continued with five acclaimed solo albums. Collaborations with Alasdair Roberts, Belinda O’Hooley and her brother Jim Moray on material that’s ranged from traditional ballads to eerie lullabies and rich contemporary songs, Jackie has earned fans beyond the folk scene she grew up in. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/jackie-oates-lullabies. Box Office: 01392 667080.

NEW Wednesday 3 June 2015 - The Ballad of Ewan MacColl - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Ewan MacColl – singer, songwriter, radio artist, actor, playwright – would have been 100 in 2015. Some of his songs are amongst the 20th century’s best known – The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face, Dirty Old Town, The Travelling People. Sam Richards, improviser and composer, will discuss MacColl’s approaches to songwriting. He is joined by folk musician Steve Verge on concertina, to sing songs performed or written by MacColl. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/the-ballad-of-ewan-maccoll. Box Office: 01392 667080.

NEW Monday 8 June 2015 - The East Pointers - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
+ support Wildwood Kin. The East Pointers’ slew of tunes carries a diverse mix of influence, but regardless of their age or origin, what they all share in common is the undeniable ability to get hands clapping, feet stomping, and bodies of all ages bouncing in harmony. Part of the sixth generation of a heralded legacy of fiddlers and folk musicians from Canada’s Prince Edward Island. They mix traditional and original tunes some with an Irish influence - some Scottish, others rooted in the Canadian Maritimes. Support: Wildwood Kin are an alt-folk, family trio from Devon, comprising of vocal harmonies, acoustic instruments and thought provoking songwriting. The girls have recently been nominated for the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award 2015, with their music being played on BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio Devon. In 2013/14 they competed in the National Open Mic UK competition, coming away with 1st prize for their age category. Full details www.wegottickets.com/event/312762.

UPDATED Wednesday 10 June 2015 - Peter Knight’s Gigspanner - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Details
www.calstockarts.org
Thursday 11 June 2015 8pm - Peter Knight's Gigspanner - The Bancourt Hotel, Avenue Road Torquay TQ2 5LG
Tickets £10+ online from www.wegottickets.com/event/311807.
It’s been a long time in the works, but Gigspanner’s riveting new album Layers of Ages is about to be released with a short album launch tour, blowing the dust from a collection of well-worn traditional music and song, to reveal authentic moments of staggering originality and great beauty. Hailed by Songlines magazine as “another milestone in folk’s rebirth of cool”, Gigspanner present carefully curated and skilfully narrated material that goes beyond the folk genre. Modern in interpretation yet classical in its virtuosity, the music continues to inspire audiences of all leanings, bringing them back for more. Legendary fiddle player Peter Knight (ex Steeleye Span) is joined by Roger Flack on guitar and Vincent Salzfaas on percussion.
www.gigspanner.com. .

NEW Friday 12 June 2015 - Declan Sinnott with Vickie Keating - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Declan Sinnott has been touring the UK for a number of years alongside Christy Moore, playing to huge audiences at some of the country’s most prestigious venues, always billed as Christy Moore and Declan Sinnott. However, until he released his first solo album in 2013 he had not seized the opportunity to tour solo. Support: Harbottle & Jonas - David Harbottle & Freya Jonas are based in the wilderness of Totnes. They paint pictures with their words and share stories of folk, auld and new. They are hardworking songsmiths who place emphasis on musical independence and originality, and they breathe new life into traditional English Folk songs. Full details www.wegottickets.com/event/312764.

NEW Friday 12 June 2015 7.30pm - Wren/Cygnet Double Bill: Gavin Davenport & Tom Kitching with Solarference - Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter EX2 4AZ (map)
Gutsy trad folk music with eclectic influences from English traditional to the weirder realms of rock their set bristles with energy adn intelligence. Solarference: Wren's Sarah Owen is joined by Nick Janaway in this exciting electro folk duo. A genre-defying mix of live electronics and traditional folk music. Full details, bookings etc. www.cygnettheatre.co.uk/theatre-exeter-arts-entertainment-whats-on.

NEW Saturday 13 June 2015 7pm - Barn Dance with Dawntreader Ceilidh Band - Ide Memorial Hall, Ide, nr Exeter EX2 9RS (map)
Annual dance of the Devon Wildfowling Conservation Association. Caller: Debbie. Bar available serving real ale and cider. Tickets £10, including hog roast. Advance booking desirable. Contact John 07760 206882.

NEW Sunday 28 June 2015 - Chris Wood - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Criticised by an art school lecturer as having “a remarkable eye for trivia”, Chris Wood’s love of small things has made him one of England’s most vivid and arresting song writers. Joan Armatrading presented Chris with the 2011 BBC Radio Two Folk Singer Of The Year award before inviting him as special guest onto her Autumn 2012 tour. ‘The finest and most original singer-songwriter to have emerged from the British folk scene since Richard Thompson’ The Guardian. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/chris-wood. Box Office: 01392 667080.

NEW 4/5 July 2015 - 11th UK Taiko Festival - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
The Eleventh UK Taiko Festival is taking over the Exeter Phoenix with two exciting concerts. Taiko Beats is the Saturday lunchtime concert featuring performances by Taiko groups from all over the world. Sunday Beats is the Festival’s final concert featuring some very special guests. To find out more and to book your tickets please go to www.taikofestival.org.uk. Details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/taiko-beats-and-sunday-beats.

NEW 3-8 October 2015 - Costa Del Folk - Costa Del Sol, Portugal
Why is this listed here? Because it's been recommended by a friend of Harberton Folk, and because it headlines Show of Hands and also includes (tbc) Seth Lakeman, Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston and more, with principal compere Mike Harding. www.costadelfolk.co.uk

Wren Music Updates
Saturday 25 April 10am-5pm - Acoustic Guitar Day - Octagon Theatre, Okehampton College
Tutors: Paul Wilson and Nick Wyke. Choosing chords, melody playing and ornaments, finger style techniques and much more. This course is open to all, with workshops for many levels of experience from beginners through to more advanced players. (Instruments can be provided for complete beginners, please book in advance.) Contact: Wren Music, Ebenezer Hall, North Street, Okehampton, EX20 1AR. Tel: 01837 53754, email: paulo@wrenmusic.co.uk. £30 (includes Folk Café concert). www.wrenmusic.co.uk.
Saturday 25 April 7.30pm - Folk Café - All Saints Church Hall, Okehampton
An intimate cabaret style concert hosted by Marilyn Tucker and Paul Wilson. Guests include: Nick Wyke and Becki Driscoll, Trev Munkenbeck and the massed guitars from the guitar day (see separate publicity). Spaces for floor singers/players. Tea and coffee available, BYO alcohol/food. £5. www.wrenmusic.co.uk.
Saturday 20 June 2015 - Wren Fiddle Day - Okehampton
The annual Wren Fiddle Day is back again, this time with a European flavour! See www.wrenmusic.co.uk/index.php/whats-on for details.

New Concert Series - 'Sidmouth Acoustic Sessions'
at St Teresa’s Hall, Connaught Road, Sidmouth EX10 8TT
(map)
[Note that the 'official' postcode, EX10 9HG, for this venue does not appear to yield the correct location by some distance when entered in Google Maps, Google Earth, streetmap.co.uk etc. whereas EX10 8TT does. No idea if this affects satnavs]
Sunday 24 May 2015 7.30pm - Lori Campbell
Lori's sound is a blend of traditional folk, Soul and Jazz. Imagine the finger picking style of Bert Jansch decorated with the voice of Kate Bush and Louis Armstrong’s love child. Licensed bar. Tickets £10 door, or £8+ adv from www.wegottickets.com/event/315745.
Sunday 21 June 2015 7.30pm - India Electric Co
(Cole Stacey & Joseph O'Keefe) Sometimes folk, sometimes not. India Electric Company travel through Eastern European themes, gypsy jazz and Irish reels to end up with something "just so fresh." (Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music). Licensed bar. Tickets £10 door, or £8+ adv from www.wegottickets.com/event/315746.
Sunday 19 July 2015 7.30pm - Jim Causley
Five times BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominee Jim Causley is a singer/musician who is passionate about traditional song and particularly that of his native West country .Our chance to enjoy Jim before he performs at the festival with fisherman friends. Licensed bar. Tickets £10 door, or £8+ adv from
www.wegottickets.com/event/315747
Adv tickets also available via email sidmouthacoustic@outlook.com.

New Concert Series - 'Teignmouth Folk Concerts'
at The Alice Cross Centre, St. James Precinct, 1-3 Bitton Park Rd., Teignmouth TQ14 9BT
(map)
A monthly (except June) series of concerts is planned (see www.teignmouthfolkconcerts.co.uk for full details), starting with:
Saturday 9 May 2015 - Artisan - The Alice Cross Centre, St. James Precinct, 1-3 Bitton Park Rd., Teignmouth TQ14 9BT (map)
Britain's foremost acapella trio on their re-union tour. Support: Andy Clarke. For info call Hugh Diamond 01626 775517.
Coming later: 11/7 Maggie Duffy + Anne Darby + She; 8/8 Jim Causley; 12/9 Tom McConville, support: Nigel Sture & Les Noden; 10/10 Zulu Tradition; 14/11 Les Barker; 12/11 Ewan McLennan, support: Sandy McKinnon; 9/1/16 Vin Garbutt; 13/2/16 Kieran Halpin (tbc); 12/3/16 Martin Carthy; 9/4/16 Alistair Anderson.

New venue: Folk at Hanlons Brewery, Half Moon Village, Newton St Cyres EX5 5AE
A flyer picked up at a Topsham Folk Club concert recently announces 'Folk at the Brewery': Summer Session Tues 9 June; Autumn Session Tues 8 September; Winter Session Tues 8 December - featuring Hanlons' Half Hour with local performers, guest MC, doors 7.30pm. £5 to include entry, pint and pasty. Info 01363 82621. Also happening at Hanlons:
Saturday 6 June 2015 - Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston
Details tba. www.hanlonsbrewery.com/news.

Ley Arms Folk & Acoustic Music Club 2015 Guest Programme, Ley Arms, Kenn nr Exeter EX6 7UW (map)
Friday 22 May - Mike Silver - One of the UK's foremost singer-songwriters with a very fine warm voice and he is also a superb guitarist.
Saturday 13 June - Archie Fisher (MBE) - Scottish singer/guitarist Archie is a member of the legendary Fisher Family.
Friday 18 September - Reg Meuross - One of the country's most talented songwriters and a very fine guitarist.

Friday 16 October - Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll with James Budden - Excellent young musicians and singers with songs and tunes steeped in the tradition.
Friday 20 November - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - BBC Folk Award 2013 winners for Best Duo. Two of the British folk scene's most accomplished performers. 'Nuff said!
For info / ticket reservations contact leyarmsfolk@hotmail.co.uk or 01392 210983 (The Cornelius Family).

Devon Sessions Map on Flaxey Green
A useful map showing many of the regular pub sessions happening in Devon can be found at www.flaxey-green.co.uk/Pages/Sessions_map.html. This is not necessarily exhaustive and, as I know from my own earlier experience, notoriously difficult to keep up to date so do please take a look and let FG's Trevor know of any changes, additions etc.

Outside our coverage area (just), but easily accessible
I've also recently become aware of the following club, offering monthly guest / open stage nights, which I've now added to the 'Other links' section on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk: Culm Valley Music & Performance Club at Magelake Hall, Uffculme EX15 3DR. Close to M5 Jct 27, www.culmvalleymusicclub.co.uk.

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Harberton Folk Circular - Wednesday 1 April 2015
Only a selection of events follows below - the full open-ended southern Devon Folk Diary listings appear as always on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.
All information is given in good faith but no responsibility can be accepted for its accuracy. Do check with the organiser before setting out on a long journey. A listing below does not guarantee that tickets are still available.

Items marked NEW below are (probably, if I've got it right) included for the first time in my listings, meaning that I've only recently heard, or been told, about them - even though they may well have been 'in existence' for months. A significant number of my new entries are submitted by recipients of the circulars, occasionally at very (too) short notice.
This circular has been prepared in considerable haste because work has prevented anything earlier and I'm heading off first thing tomorrow morning with The Old Gaffers to the big shanty festival in Ellesmere Port all over the Easter weekend, so apologies if I've missed anything out. Feel free to send me reminders.
And I dare say Jan and I will see some of you at Feast Of Fiddles at Exeter's Corn Exchange next Wednesday.

NEW Wednesday 29 April 2015 8pm - Cale Tyson - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
If George Jones style country is your thing then you won't want to miss out on Cale Tyson.Included in Rolling Stone's 2014's"10 Country artists you need to know" Cale hails originally from Fort Worth Texas the home of Townes Van Zandt and the place where he first heard the classic country sounds which have inspired and enriched his gentle,melancholy and undenaibly whiskey-soaked sound. Cale will be accompanied on stage by Pete Lindberg. Check him out at www.youtube.com/watch?v=RYb4Tr2V_6I. Tickets: £10 adv from www.barbicantheatre.co.uk/b-bar-booking, £12 door.

NEW Sunday 3 May 2015 - Blackawton International Festival of Wormcharming
See www.wormcharming.co.uk for details. I'm reliably informed that the musical entertainment includes The Boys From Melbourne Street and Harbottle & Jonas.

NEW Callington MayFest events and pre-fest workshops (April 4, 18, 25)
Saturday 9 May 12.30-4.30pm 2015 - Callington MayFest - Callington Town Hall, Callington
Community groups join in Callington furry to be joined by Hevva, Plymouth maids, Tywardreath Morris, Wreckers border Morris, Callington Town band, town Criers, dancers from local schools. A collection of Cornish giants a made by local groups. Local bands in The Bulls Head.
Saturday 9 May 7.30pm - The Brim Ceili - Callington Town Hall, Callington
Tickets £4, from Kivells, Community Creations or the Town Hall, email caveat callington@gmail.com for more info.
The MayFest is preceded by free Cornish dance and music workshops at Callington Town Hall 10am-12 noon on Saturdays 4, 18 and 25 April. Come along and learn some dances and tunes, all abilities welcome.Lead by Carmen Hunt and Rosie Fierek. Promoted by CAVe in support of Callington MayFest. For information and music email caveatcallington@gmail.com.

Wednesday 20 May 2015 8pm - Fairport Convention - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ (map)
Fairport Convention are an English folk rock and electric folk band. Formed in 1967, they are widely regarded as the most important group in the English folk rock movement. Bookings etc. www.ivybridgewatermark.co.uk/fairportconvention. Tel. 01752 892220. Over half the seats already sold

UPDATED Friday 22 May 2015 8pm - Mike Silver - Ley Arms Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Ley Arms, Kenn nr Exeter EX6 7UW (map)
One of the UK's foremost singer-songwriters with a very fine warm voice and he is also a superb guitarist. Mike's live shows cover many cross-over styles of roots music including folk, blues and country and a fair share of chorus songs that you won't be able to resist singing along with. In the past he has toured with the likes of Chris De Burgh and Ralph McTell and his songs have been recorded by many people including Justin Hayward (The Moody Blues). www.mikesilver.co.uk. Support: My Black Hat www.myblackhat.net. Tickets: £8 adv; £10 door, info / ticket reservations contact leyarmsfolk@hotmail.co.uk or 01392 210983 (The Cornelius Family).

NEW Wednesday 10 June 2015 8pm - Simpson, Cutting & Kerr - Barnfield Theatre, Barnfield Road, Exeter EX1 1SN (map)
Comprising three of Britain’s finest musicians and interpreters of songs and tunes, each member of this trio is an acknowledged virtuoso in their own right. Martin Simpson, Andy Cutting and Nancy Kerr have come together for the joy of playing and exploring the possibilities of music together, after appearing together on stages in various combinations over recent years and thoroughly enjoying it! More details, bookings etc. www.barnfieldtheatre.org.uk/simpson-cutting-kerr.

NEW Saturday 13 June 2015 8pm - Archie Fisher (MBE) - Ley Arms Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Ley Arms, Kenn nr Exeter EX6 7UW (map)
One of Scotland's foremost folk singer/guitarists, Archie is a member of the legendary Fisher Family. He was inducted into the Scots Traditional Music Hall Of Fame and in 2006 was awarded an MBE. Archie has worked with many top performers including Barbara Dickson, John Renbourn and Bert Jansch, and of course being a part of The Fisher Family. His song, The Final Trawl and many others have been recorded by artists, such as The Tannahill Weavers, Emily Smith and Barbara Dickson. www.redhouserecords.com/afisher.html. Tickets: £9 adv; £11 door, info / ticket reservations contact leyarmsfolk@hotmail.co.uk or 01392 210983 (The Cornelius Family).

NEW Friday 19 June 2015 7.30pm - Cara Dillon with Sam Lakeman - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
Cara Dillon, one of the most outstanding performers on the UK folk scene, continues the Folk at the Flavel series. Already the recipient of many awards Cara is nominated this year in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Best Singer category. Born in County Derry, Cara has risen to be one of the finest exponents of Irish song as well as, with husband and musical partner Sam Lakeman, steering an eclectic musical path combining the traditional with the contemporary. More details and booking information at www.theflavel.org.uk or call 01803 839530.

NEW Saturday 4 July 2015 7pm - Paddy’s Whiskers Big Barn Dance - Occombe Farm, Paignto
Family-friendly barn dance fundraiser for Cockington Green Heart Appeal. South Devon based three-piece Paddy’s Whiskers play a footstomping mix of Irish, Celtic and American traditional music in
their own contemporary style on fiddle, banjo, mandolin, border bagpipes, guitar, harmonica and percussion. There will be a couple of dance callers in the team on the night to help everybody get swinging! No experience needed! Besides live music and dancing, there will be plenty of activities for children to enjoy, including clowns, games, kids dancing, coconut shy etc. Great food and drink will be available. For more information on Paddy’s Whiskers ceilidhs and barn dances in Devon visit www.devonbarndances.co.uk or call Andrew on 07514 064558. Tickets
www.countryside-trust.org.uk/events/details/253/green-heart-appeal-barn-dance.

UPDATED 31 July to 7 August 2015 - Sidmouth Folk Week
In addition to the evening Pre-Festival Special concert on Thurs 30 July features Kate Rusby & her Band, Port Isaacs's Fisherman's Friends + support from Jim Causley are now appearing on Friday 31 July 3.15pm in the Ham Marquee. Early Bird tickets available until 30 April at latest. Details www.sidmouthfolkweek.co.uk. Join their mailing list for regular updates.

UPDATED 21-23 August 2015 - Beautiful Days Festival - Escot Park, Devon
This year's line-up has now been announced, and ticket are selling fast.. Usually sells out way in advance. www.beautifuldays.org

UPDATED Sunday 27 September 2015 7.30pm - Martin Simpson, Andy Cutting & Nancy Kerr - Brixham Theatre, TQ5 8TA (map)
Comprising three of Britain’s finest musicians and interpreters of songs and tunes, each member of this trio is an acknowledged virtuoso in their own right. Martin Simpson, Andy Cutting and Nancy Kerr have come together for the joy of playing and exploring the possibilities of music together, after appearing together on stages in various combinations over recent years and thoroughly enjoying it! More details and booking information at www.brixhamtheatre.org.uk or call 01803 882717.

UPDATED Dartington International Summer School Folk Content - Dartington Hall Trust, Totnes, Devon TQ9 6EL (map)
1-7 August 2015 - Week 1
Course: Hurdy Gurdy (Stevie Wishart)
Hurdy Gurdy player, improviser, composer and Hildegarde of Bingen scholar – the multi-faceted Stevie Wishart leads a class in this extraordinary medieval instrument, as well as improvisational techniques.
8-15 August 2015 - Week 2)
Week 2 includes several folk courses and performance events. www.dartington.org/summer-school/courses#week2.
Course: Folk Choir (Sally Davies)
Sally Davies is an extremely experienced singer, composer and choir leader, and directs the Cecil Sharp House Choir with her distinctive and original arrangements of folk songs. The Folk Choir course will provide an intense and rewarding learning experience; you’ll be rehearsing folk songs from England and Eastern Europe, in spine-tingling a cappella harmony, for a concert later in the week.
Course: As I Walked Out One Morning (Kathryn Tickell & Marilyn Imrie)
The wonderful virtuoso Northumbrian pipesplayer, fiddler and singer Kathryn Tickell joins forces with the prolific Scottish theatre director and radio producer Marilyn Imrie, to lead this exciting folk course. Devoted to storytelling, song writing and instrumental tuition, the class offers the chance for poets, songwriters and players to study and rehearse traditional music and poetry, as well as collaborate and create new work. There’s a concert later in the week, shared with the Folk Choir.
Course: Arranging Folk Music (Sally Davies)
‘When you arrange a song, you are a composer. Having sung the polyphonic songs of the Caucasus and The Balkans, I felt there was a crying need for British folk songs to have something of the bite and power of these Eastern European arrangements. It’s my intention to infuse English folk songs with some of these harmonic elements!’ Sally Davies’ course is for musicians with some experience of arranging, and you’ll be looking at creating open harmonies for different-sized ensembles.
The following public concerts and ceilidh will all take place in Dartington's Great Hall:
Monday 3 August 2015 10pm - Strings, Wheel and Fingers
Stevie Wishart: hurdy gurdy and violin. Medieval music, improvisation, and guest artists. Bookings www.dartington.org/spektrix/event?Id=83602.
Sunday 9 August 2015 7.45pm - Kathryn Tickell & The Side
Northumbrian pipes, accordion, cello and harp. The great Kathryn Tickell and her new band bring together folk and classical. Bookings www.dartington.org/spektrix/event?Id=85197.
Monday 10 August, 7.45pm Mhairi Lawson (soprano) and Joanna MacGregor (piano)
Songs from the Scottish tradition. Programme includes Robbie Burns and Hugh MacDiarmid www.dartington.org/spektrix/event?Id=85198.
Thursday 13 August 2015 5.15pm - As I Walked Out One Morning
Folk Choir, Kathryn Tickell, Marilyn Imrie, folk students. A cappella folk choir, folk poetsy and new songs, Kathryn Tickell students. Bookings www.dartington.org/spektrix/event?Id=87397.
Friday 14 August 2015 10pm - Ceilidh
Caller and folk band. Final Night Party, with dancing. Bookings www.dartington.org/spektrix/event?Id=87199.

New Programme for Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG  (map)
East Devon’s Otterton Mill has just released its new season of acoustic music, held in the intimate environment of its restaurant. Early booking always strongly advised. Full details at www.ottertonmill.com (and in the Harberton Folk website Diary).
The new programme  features: 7/5 Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman; 14/5 Bob Fox; 4/6 Boo Hewerdine; 11/6 Mike Chapman & Bridget St John; 25/6 Steve Tilston; 2/7 Paul Lamb & Chad Strentz

Rachel's - - East Devon Gig Guide for April
Is available to view and as a PDF download at www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/eastdevon.htm.

Kingsbridge - Crabshell Sessions R.I.P.
"Dear All, This is a very sad moment for me and probably for a lot of you. I have decided to end the 1st Thursday of the month Crabshell singing/music sessions. Although I am really pleased that Simon and the team at the pub are making such a success of the business, it really has become too far removed from the kind of venue that suits a session such as we all enjoy. I had considered doing this at the end of this year's winter season (ie May) but with the April session being so close to Easter this year, the pub will be heaving with an extra influx of visitors next week and I really can't face all the argy-bargy! With there only being the May session left it seems to make sense to call a halt now. I thank everyone who has supported the session over these past many years (can't remember actually how many!) and I for one have enjoyed the opportunity to have such great evenings of wonderful singing and cameraderie. There are other sessions in the surrounding area (see www.flaxey-green.co.uk) that would be very happy to see new singers so I hope you all continue singing, and I shall no doubt see you somewhere. If you know someone who may want to know this, Please spread the word to any interested parties who may not see this email. Love and all good wishes for the future from Brenda Burnside."

More in brief
Sorry, no time for 'More in brief' this time, but why not check out the Diary on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk for gigs right through to February 2016.

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***** Stop Press! Last chance to see New Rope *****
Saturday 18 July 2015 7.30pm - New Rope String Band -
Harberton Parish Hall, nr Totnes TQ9 7SE (map)
The final year of the New Rope String Band - and probably their last ever gig in South Devon! The New Rope String Band have come to the end of their tether. The sheer strain of spreading joy around the world for more than 25 years as Old and New Rope has proved too much. Audiences' laughter muscles have been stretched and twanged and they, too, need a rest. But, before these ageing folk-cabaret artistes go their separate ways, heading for new and exciting theatrical and musical horizons, they have decided to do a farewell lap of honour, a celebratory extravaganza of their finest routines with some specially-created final flourishes. Expect fish tanks, boiled eggs, fiddles, banjos, cardboard guitars, theremins, explosions, interactive films, drainpipes, mermaids, pink y-fronts, thrills, spills, tears and hilarity. For diehard audiences it's a chance to come along, laugh once more and say goodbye. For those who've never seen them, wake up, this is your last chance! The tour will culminate in a final gig and party weekend on Halloween 2015. Presented by Harberton Cricket Club, supported by Harberton Folk. Book early before it sells out. Tickets £12, U18/student £8. See www.harbertonfolk.co.uk for full ticketing details.
***** Tickets just released!! *****

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General items retained from previous circulars

Folk Club Map
"This could be a really useful resource but it will rely on a community effort to keep it up to date. Have a look at: www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=zV_JF5o4YYCs.k5CBvD6DMEsI and, if your club or session isn't there, why not add it?"
[An interesting item gleaned from Steve Cunio's latest 'Sadfolk' (Somerset & Dorset Folk) email circular - see www.sadfolk.co.uk to sign up. I'll be adding the Folk Club Map link to the Links page on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.]

Shammick Acoustic in North Devon
Shammick Acoustic's full programme of guest and open nights for 2015 is now available on
www.shammickacoustic.org.uk.

Feature: Bradninch
Google Earth tells me Bradninch (2 miles SW of Cullompton) is just within my fairly arbitrarily, and loosely, defined coverage area - "30 miles as the crow flies from Totnes", so here we go...
Bradninch Folk Club www.bradninchevents.org/groups/bradninch-folk-club
Bradninch Folk Club meets on 1st Tuesday (club nights) of the month at the White Lion and on the 3rd Tuesday at the Castle Hotel (guest nights). Coming up:
Tuesday 21 October 8pm - Alex Kumar - Castle Hotel, Bradninch
Exceptional and special, Alex has the spirit and songbook of Dylan and his muse Woody Guthrie to back's his own original song writing. His appearance is as the result of a floor spot he did at the Club in February this year. He was spellbinding then in his performance. True to the promise “With a voice that can only be described as other-worldy, he has the rare ability to captivate and silence an entire room with his mesmeric presence.” Support: visiting and local performers. Entry £4 door. Gerard Edwards 01392 881105.
Bradninch Acoustic Music Club www.bradninchacousticmusicclub.org.
generally has Club nights the second Wednesday of each month, plus some guest nights. Coming up:
Friday 31 October - Jamie Smith's Mabon - The Guildhall, Bradninch
A one-off Extra Special Club night at The Guildhall starring the amazing Jamie Smith's Mabon, for those of you who have seen them they need no introduction,for those who haven’t then this is a big treat to see one of Europe’s finest Festival Bands on tour and stopping off at our little club to do a show. Tickets will be around £10 with concessions to club members and supporters. More details nearer the time. www.bradninchacousticmusicclub.org.
Wednesday 12 November - Club Night - So all floor singers come along and have a good blast.
Wednesday 10 December - Phil Beer and Paul Downes - guests for Xmas Club night at The Guildhall. Tickets £10. Wow what a night.
Bradninch also holds a popular music festival in June, see what happened this year:
www.bradninchevents.org/bradninch-music-festival

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Interesting history of folk sessions in Totnes (from the 1980s to date)
I'm not sure how long it's been there - I've only just happened on it - but a history of folk sessions in various Totnes pubs, compiled by Mick Bramich (with input from others), can be found at www.flaxey-green.co.uk/Pages/Session_History.html.

And into 2015!...
(notes for your diary - all below are details to be confirmed/advised)
Saturday 7 March 2015 - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - Harberton Parish Hall nr Totnes
Wednesday 8 April 2015 - Feast Of Fiddles - Exeter Corn Exchange

Replacement East Devon Music Diary
The page entitled "Richie's East Devon Music Diary" on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk was a multi-genre listing originating from Richie Evans who was unfortunately unable to continue offering his service as of 6/8/14. Fortunately the reins have been taken over by Rachel Cockell who invites interested parties to join her email circulation providing a monthly PDF download (and occasional updates). Contact Rachel at exmouthgigguide@gmail.com to be included. Rachel's Gig Guide will also be available to download from www.harbertonfolk.co.uk - September available now.

Feature: Crabshell Records, Kingsbridge
Crabshell Records is a not-for-profit Unincorporated Association. Their cause is to support and encourage traditionally based music played in the area. They can offer a complete CD production service to talented, unsigned musicians who sing and play locally - often in aid of local charities. To enable promotion and sales of your music your CDs will have high quality presentation but at low cost. Their own catalogue currently includes CDs by Vic Wilcox, John Connor, Bull Pitch, Iowa 4, Rumpus, The Old Gaffers, The Storm UK, The Crabshell Concerts 2005-2012. See full details of all CDs and the production services at www.flaxey-green.co.uk/Pages/Crabshell%20Records%20Publications.html.

A publication recommended by a Harberton Folk subscriber
"Singing from the Floor: A History of British Folk Clubs by JP Bean (see www.amazon.co.uk/Singing-Floor-History-British-Clubs/dp/0571305458) (available as paperback or for Kindle). It has a few notable omissions but it is a very familiar evocation of the time. JR"

Some folk information sources for neighbouring areas
(Unfortunately I'm not aware of general folk information resource for Cornwall - Does anyone else know of anything?)
Shammick Acoustic - Includes website www.shammickacoustic.org.uk listings of regular and special events in North Devon and West Somerset.
Sadfolk - Comprehensive coverage of folk events in Somerset & Dorset - website www.sadfolk.co.uk and associated weekly email udpates.
Acoustic Calendar for Wessex - Monthly calendar with email updates of folk clubs, singarounds, acoustic sessions & open mic (i.e. not concerts etc.); see www.sanchobramble.weebly.com for details.
And included by special request of the venue, a mention for the
Electric Palace in Bridport - in case you fancy venturing for a day out further along the Jurassic Coast - www.electricpalace.org.uk - presenting some quality folk concerts, some featuring an act's only West Country gig; current programme includes: 23/4 Moulettes; 30/4 Fureys & Davey Arthur; 2/5 Dave Swarbrick & Friends; 15/5 Bella Hardy; 31/5 Sam Lee & Friends

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Feature: Milverton Music Club
Somewhat distant but perhaps of interest to those in the NW of our coverage area, the Club has regular open mic sessions on the 1st Friday of every month except August, plus occasional guest nights, and meets at the Victoria Rooms, Fore St, Milverton, Taunton TA4 1JU (N of Wellington) www.milvertonmusic.co.uk/page2.html. 2014 guest nights:
Friday 18 July - Coope, Boyes & Simpson
Friday 17 October - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman

On Exeter's Phonic FM 106.8 and online www.phonic.fm Mondays 6-8pm
Roots and Shoots with Martin Henning
The best in global and local music. Frequent live sessions from talented local and visiting musicians. See the show’s website http://rootsandshootsdevon.blogspot.co.uk. 1st, 3rd and 5th Mondays of each month | Jan 20 | Feb 3, 17 | Mar 3, 17, 31 | etc.
Common Ground with Martin Hodge - new in 2014
Exploring the rich folk music, songs and traditions of the West Country and the rest of the UK with occasional forays abroad. With informative and entertaining guests including some live music. Contact Martin via www.facebook.com/groups/commongroundonphonicfm/?fref=ts or email martin@phonic.fm. 2nd Monday of each month | Feb 10 | Mar 10 | etx.
Shenanigans with Karen and Kat
Shenanigans is presented by two chin-wagging musos with a weakness for caffeine. We will be playing indie, alternative, new wave and folk….finding those tracks you might not have heard but we know you will love! 4th Monday of each month | Jan 27 | Feb 24 | Mar 24 | etc.

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Session News
Totnes: Bay Horse Inn
, 8 Cistern Street TQ9 5SP (01803 862088, www.bayhorsetotnes.com)
Traditional Open Session: First & third Mondays of every month, 8.45pm – 11pm. Players and singers welcome.
Traditional Singing Session: Second & fourth Tuesdays of the month, 8.45 - 11pm. Exploring British folk.
Eli’s Open Session: Every Thursday, 8.45 - 11pm. Singer/songwriters, musicians, percussionists – all welcome.
Bluegrass Session: Second Sunday each Month, 8.30pm - 11pm. Players welcome.

New Venue for 2014: Starz Bar in Exeter - Exeter Folk Project
Gigs start in the New Year, downstairs in the lounge bar, all seated (55-60 seats). More at www.facebook.com/Exeterfolkproject. Location: 18 Lower North Steet, Exeter, EX4 3ET. The line-up to date: 23/1/14 Blair Dumlop; 20/2/14 Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar; 27/3/14 O'Hooley & Tidow

Crabshell Records Kingsbridge
We don't normally advertise this sort of thing, but Neil does a great job with Kingsbridge-based Crabshell Records ("Any money raised over expenses will be entirely dedicated to promoting live music of the tradition in and around Kingsbridge") , mostly involving local South Devon performers including Rumpus, The Old Gaffers, and The Storm, or his own previous events. See www.flaxey-green.co.uk/Pages/Publications.html for the lastest info (and also www.shamstrad.co.uk/crabshellrecords.htm).

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'South Devon Arts Centre' in Totnes
This not-for-profit community arts venue (whose patrons and friends include Jools Holland, Bob Harris and Sir Richard Branson) already has a massive programme lined up of top-class music of many genres, comedy, cabaret, theatre etc. and all ticketing details can be found at www.southdevonarts.co.uk. SDAC is located at The Stables, Ford Road, Totnes, TQ9 5LE (map) and has a maximum seated capacity of 190 (ground floor 110, gallery balcony 80), or 200 standing capacity ground floor. Plenty of free parking available close by. Licensed bar.

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North Devon/West Somerset music listings - Listings of regular and special music events for the above area can always be found at www.shammickacoustic.org.uk (then click on 'Local Events').

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Note to (potential) contributors - and readers:
The frequency of these e-circulars varies anywhere from approx. weekly up to fortnightly, driven essentially by work and personal priorities. Therefore, to give your event the best possible chance of inclusion (unless I forget! - has happened very occasionally), try to get your information to me at least a month in advance, preferably using the standard format I employ for most entries - see below - and preferably with a max. length of 50 to 75 words. Otherwise I have to edit text down to a reasonable length, and editing takes time! A Myspace (or similar) web link for music samples is a good idea too.

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Folk news slightly further afield:
Somerset & Dorset (SADFOLK) folk events
A regular and comprehensive emailed listing is available through www.sadfolk.co.uk (Somerset and Dorset folk) for folk events in venues large and small in those two counties, some of which are not too far away from the Harberton Folk area. Steve who runs this has over 800 contacts on his list.
North Devon
www.shammickacoustic.org.uk - website listings
...and not forgetting www.flaxey-green.co.uk (and www.devonfolk.co.uk) for further detailed Devon listings, including many regular pub sessions,  folk dance clubs and much more.

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1-2-1 Melodeon Tuition
Ed Rennie, lead tutor with the Devon Squeezebox Foundation, is currently teaching melodeon to a number of people on a 1-2-1 basis at their homes. The advantage from the students' point of view is the courses are tailored to their needs and progress at their pace and they get to stay at home in the warm and dry and Ed does all the running about in the cold and dark! Ed has a number of students he visits once a month in the West Dartmoor/Plymouth area (Mary Tavy to Saltash). He has capacity to take on some more students in the area, so if you would be interested to learn the melodeon at home with Ed, give him a shout at devonsqueezebox@hotmail.co.uk. Melodeon hire also available.

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A few notes about these listings - what gets listed, what doesn't... etc.
The listings primarily include 'folk' events, mostly of a concert nature, also folk club guest nights, folk workshops, ceilidhs / barn dances etc.
'Folk' of course means many things to many people so that's partly why I also include limited coverage of some Americana, blues and other acoustic music events, but also partly because there are dedicated people/venues in the area putting on top-class performers in these fields - and they take the trouble to send me information. (The 'other musics' will generally have shorter entries and fewer repeats.)
My preferred length for entries is 50-75 words, 100 words max. This length restriction, combined with a 'selection of events only', means that the overall length of each e-circular does not become excessive (and unduly sleep-inducing!). The full open-ended Diary is always available on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.
If you're submitting stuff to me for inclusion, why not give a web link to online music samples? Most performers have them these days. And there's then a chance the reader will take a listen, perhaps like what they hear, and maybe even come to a gig they wouldn't have otherwise considered!
I don't include information about regular informal pub folk sessions or folk (social) dance club material - these areas are well covered by www.flaxey-green.co.uk and www.devonfolk.co.uk. - but I will list details of new sessions, for example.
The general distance qualifier has always been 'within 30 miles as the crow flies from Totnes' (covers a surprisingly wide range), although this does get stretched a little sometimes for items of potential wider South-West interest.
The e-circulars are sent to approx. 1400 folk-specific contacts (no telling of course how many fail to arrive for whatever reason, although I do my best to maintain the email list - several repeated rejections from the same address will result in that address being deleted)  The great majority of those contacts are within the above coverage area.
And please don't be offended if I occasionally forget - or even refuse - to include an item.
Keep enjoying the live music! - John Culf

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New folk festival listing website
www.ukfolkfestivals.co.uk "tries to list almost every folk music festival in the UK" [and seems to do quite a good job]

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An 'interesting' email problem
Those of you who read my recent notes about the various problems I experience when sending these e-circulars may be interested/amused to see a (new) rejection message received from a recipient at a local educational establishment. I have highlighted the offending word in bold/red and added spaces so it's not rejected again. This word appeared in the item about Hayseed Dixie:
Microsoft Antigen for Exchange found a message matching a filter. The message is currently Identified.
Message: "hf21_30 080226"
Filter name: "KEYWORD= racial discrimination: h i l l b i l l y"
Sent from: "John Culf"

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A Virus Warning - but please do read this, unlike the usual hoaxes that circulate which are simply designed to clog up the email airwaves:
"There is a dangerous virus being passed around electronically, orally, and by hand. This virus is called Weary-Overload-Recreational-Killer (WORK). If you receive WORK from any of your colleagues, your boss, or anyone else via any means DO NOT TOUCH IT. This virus will wipe out your private life completely. If you should come into contact with WORK, put your jacket on and take two good friends to the nearest grocery store. Purchase the antidote known as Work-Isolating-Neutralizer-Extract (WINE) or Bothersome-Employer-Elimination-Rebooter (BEER). Take the antidote repeatedly until WORK has been completely eliminated from your system. You should forward this warning to 5 friends. If you do not have 5 friends, you have already been infected."

'Virus' warnings - Chain emails (e.g. petrol prices) - Please avoid them
With 1400+ email contacts, if there's junk going around I usually see quite a few examples of it. If you receive a chain email, such as those that warn of a terrible virus circulating which will destroy your hard disk, do please take a moment to check before forwarding it to your entire address book. Pick out a couple of salient words and put them into Google, e.g. "olympic torch email", and you'll soon see that they are invariably hoaxes, simply designed to further clog up email servers across the globe. And whilst possibly originally well intentioned, the petrol price emails doing the rounds have essentially been around since 1999 - see http://urbanlegends.about.com/library/bl_gas_boycott_2006.htm and read the analysis/comments.

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Other interesting local music links
Plymouth Classical Music Concert Diary www.plyclassical.co.uk - Comprehensive month-by-month listings of all types of classical music in and around Plymouth, plus some jazz and folk, including Harberton Folk's events.
Plymouth Music Accord www.plymouthmusicaccord.co.uk - Registered Charity promoting the appreciation and performance of music in the Plymouth area. Members include local orchestras, bands, choirs, opera groups, etc. and many promoters and venues, and Plymouth Folk Festival (who have a brand new, smart website).
'Off topic' but we'll mention a couple of other local live music sources for different genres:
Totnes Early Music Society www.totnesearlymusic.org.uk - fairly self-explanatory

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***** Final reminder - Tickets available on the door *****
Saturday 7 March 2015 7.45pm - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - Harberton Parish Hall nr Totnes TQ9 7SE (map)
An evening of traditional and self-penned songs, performed on vocals, guitar, keyboard and woodwind from the winners of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award 2013 for Best Duo. Two of the British folk scene's most accomplished performers,  the intimacy and strength of passion shown as a duo, combined with an eclectic repertoire, ensures a rare treat for any listener. www.kathrynrobertsandseanlakeman.com. A Villages In Action event www.villagesinaction.co.uk. Tickets £10/£8. Contact Barry Goldsmith on 01803 845251 for information. Licensed real ale bar, provided by the Bay Horse Inn Totnes.
***** A Harberton Cricket Club  promotion supported by Harberton Folk *****